With all my friends in all kinds of geeky circles, all the fandoms intersect here and there. It was from my Doctor Who friends who are also Supernatural fans who told me about GISHWHES, as it was known then.
The Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.
This year, they dropped a few letters and just became GISH. Up to 200 tasks of varying difficulties ranging from charitable, wildly creative, to outrageously public to be completed in one week by a group of 15 people. Everything from feeding the homeless to paint a used school bus, from arts and crafts to public performances.
In short, it’s the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt, a Guinness World Record-winning game designed to bring out the weirdest, most creative and adventurous sides of people while doing good. It’s played in over 100 countries worldwide!
Last year, I helped out a couple of teams with their tasks, and I was hooked. It’s not just the creativity part of it, but also how I get to test the depth and strength of my personal and professional networks.
Let me put it this way. There were some international tasks last year, so I reached out to my friends around the world. One friend in Costa Rica mentioned that our other Costa Rican friend was in Europe at the time, and he might be able to perform a task for us in this one town in Belgium. I reached out to him but didn’t hear anything. And then the next day, I received a message from him that his train actually stopped overnight in that town…which they left an hour ago. That’s a missed connection heard around the world!
Oh, and of course, there’s that whole chicken suit shenanigan.
So, this year, I captained myself a team.
Of course, we’re the Lesser Weevils. My go-to team name!
15 fabulous ladies from all across the US and one in New Zealand, altogether to tackle some great challenges big and small, all around the world!
Our team is playing for the fun of it, but even I have to admit, the tasks all look so good and fun to do that I wish we can do them all!
We’re not allowed to post any images or videos of our tasks until the whole thing is over next Saturday. But I want to chronicle my first full GISH journey anyway without giving away too much. Then, I’ll come back to add recaps afterward.